Sunday, October 5, 2008

Food For Thought - II

In every country and every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty.
~ Thomas Jefferson

Jehovah was not a moral god. He had all the vices and he lacked all the virtues. He generally carried out all his threats, but he never faithfully kept a promise.

~ Robert G. Ingersoll

Can anything be stupider than that a man has the right to kill me because he lives on the other side of a river and his ruler has a quarrel with mine, though I have not quarreled with him?
~ Blaise Pascal

The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.
~ Leonardo da Vinci

Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.
~ Albert Einstein

Form no covetous desire, so that the demon of greediness may not deceive thee, and the treasure of the world may not be tasteless to thee.
~ Zoroaster

Irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors.
~ Thomas Huxley

If fifty million people believe a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.
~ Anatole France

Do not do an immoral thing for moral reasons.
~ Thomas Hardy

It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God, but to create him.
~ Arthur C. Clarke

He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. For if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.
~ Nietzsche

If one acknowledges a group or a nation willing to commit atrocities, then one must also acknowledges the existence of a nation willing to commit atrocities to blame on the first nation.
~ Michael Rivero

Before you speak, ask yourself is it kind, is it necessary, is it true, does it improve on the silence?
~ Sai Baba of Shirdi

Humanity without religion is like a serial killer without a chainsaw.
~ Unknown

A time will come when a politician who has willfully made war and promoted international dissension will be ... surer of the noose than a private homicide.
~ H. G. Wells

There is enough for man's need but not for man's greed.
~Mohandas Gandhi

When you philosophically oppose an entire power elite, you cannot help but sound like a conspiracy theorist. Social power is by nature a conspiracy.
~ Tom N

Convictions are more dangerous foes of truth than lies.
~ Nietzsche

You'll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the human race.
~ George Bernard Shaw

Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it's just the opposite.
~ John Kenneth Galbraith

When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong you cannot be too conservative.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

There was a time when I believed in the story and the scheme of salvation, so far as I could understand it, just as I believed there was a Devil. Suddenly the light broke through to me and I saw a silly story, and each generation nowadays swallows it with greater difficulty. Why do people go on pretending about this Christianity?
~ H. G. Wells

Faith is belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel.
~ Ambrose Bierce

If you keep doing what you've always done, you'll keep getting what you've always gotten.
~ Jim Rohn

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius, and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.
~ Albert Einstein

Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defense against a homicidal maniac.
~ George Orwell

A conservative is a man who is too cowardly to fight and too fat to run.
~ Elbert Hubbard

Statistically one hundred percent of the shots you don't take don't go in.
~ Wayne Gretsky

Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.
~ Pablo Picasso

One's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

Beware the man of one book.
~ Saint Thomas Aquinas

It is poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.
~ Mother Teresa

History is an account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.
~ Ambrose Bierce

Christianity exceeds all other faiths in its power to deform and finally invert the mental process.
~ Ida White

Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best stage, is but a necessary evil; in its worst stage, an intolerable one.
~ Thomas Paine

The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.
~ Sun tzu

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Truthful words are not beautiful; beautiful words are not truthful. Good words are not persuasive; persuasive words are not good.
~ Lao tzu

The fascist state is the corporate state.
~ Benito Mussolini

If god created us in his image we have certainly returned the compliment.
~ Voltaire

We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.
~ Aesop

n the 1980s capitalism triumphed over communism. In the 1990s it triumphed over democracy.
~ David Korten

Why tell me that a man is a fine speaker, if it is not the truth that he is speaking?
~ Thomas Carlyle

I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation, whose purposes are modeled after our own; a God, in short, who is but a reflection of human frailty. Neither can I believe that the individual survives the death of his body, although feeble souls harbor such thoughts through fear or ridiculous egotisms…
~ Albert Einstein, obituary

Authoritarian government required to speak, is silent. Representative government required to speak, lies with impunity.
~ Napoleon

There is always a certain meanness in the argument of conservatism, joined with a certain superiority in its fact.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have the greatest admiration for your propaganda. Propaganda in the West is carried out by experts who have had the best training in the world, in the field of advertising, and have mastered the techniques with exceptional proficiency. Yours are subtle and persuasive; ours are crude and obvious. I think that the fundamental difference between our worlds, with respect to propaganda, is quite simple. You tend to believe yours and we tend to disbelieve ours.
~ A U.S. based Soviet correspondent

Like all dreamers, I mistook disenchantment for truth.
~ Jean Paul Sartre

If it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them; but the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?
~ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

If you speak the truth, have one foot in the stirrup.
~ Turkish proverb

... Somehow we find it hard to sell our values, namely that the rich should plunder the poor.
~ John Foster Dulles

To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.
~ Abraham Lincoln

It is hard, I submit, to loathe bloodshed, including war, more than I do, but it is still harder to exceed my loathing of the very nature of totalitarian states in which massacre is only an administrative detail.
~ Vladimir Nabokov

As a child I understood how to give; I have forgotten this grace since I became civilized.
~ Ohiyesa, Sioux

The target suffered a terminal illness before a firing squad in Baghdad.
~ CIA officer at US Senate hearing on 1963 overthrow of Iraqi Prime Minister Kassem

I was asked to memorize what I did not understand; and, my memory being so good, it refused to be insulted in that manner.
~ Aleister Crowley

There is no real wealth but the labor of man. Where the mountains are of gold and the valleys of silver, the world would not be one grain of corn the richer; not one comfort would be added to the human race.
~ Percy B. Shelley

You can't wake a person who is pretending to be asleep.
~ Native Proverb

Foreign aid is when the poor people of a rich country give money to the rich people of a poor country.
~ Johnny Hart, BC Comic Strip

Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.
~ Nietzsche

Man is the religious animal. He is the only religious animal. He is the only animal that has the True Religion, several of them. He is the only animal that loves his neighbor as himself and cuts his throat, if his theology isn’t straight. He has made a graveyard of the globe in trying his honest best to smooth his brother’s path to happiness and heaven.
~ Mark Twain

The world is divided into people who think they are right.
~ Unknown

My opinions may have changed, but not the fact that I am right.
~ Ashleigh Brilliant

Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.
~ Samuel Johnson, English lexicographer, to which Ambrose Bierce replied: ‘I beg to submit that it is the first.

Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God.
~ Lenny Bruce

Nothing is more surprising than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few.
~ David Hume

A tyrant is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader.
~ Plato

Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires.
~ Lao tzu

War is an instrument entirely insufficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses.
~ Thomas Jefferson

Christianity makes suffering contagious.
~ Nietzsche

Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn't.
~ Mark Twain

Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.
~ Lao Tzu

The believer is happy; the doubter is wise.
~ Hungarian Proverb

I complained that I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.
~ Persian proverb

As with the Christian religion, the worst advertisement for Socialism is its adherents.
~ George Orwell

Why of course the people don't want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally, the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship... Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.
~ Nazi Hermann Göring

It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both.
~ Niccolo Machiavelli

So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence.
~ Bertrand Russell

You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the great struggle for independence.
~ Attributed to Charles Austin Beard

At the risk of seeming ridiculous, let me say that the true revolutionary is guided by great feelings of love. It is impossible to think of a genuine revolutionary lacking this quality.
~ Ernesto 'Che' Guevara

There are very few monsters who warrant the fear we have of them.
~ Andre Gide

Whoever controls the media, the images, controls the culture.
~ Allen Ginsberg

We have a political system that awards office to the most ruthless, cunning, and selfish of mortals, then act surprised when those willing to do anything to win power are equally willing to do anything with it.
~ Michael Rivero

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
~ Edmund Burke

Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time.
~ Elwyn B. White

The citizen who sees his society’s democratic clothes being worn out and does not cry it out, is not a patriot, but a traitor.
~ Mark Twain

Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another.
~ Juvenal

The Christian resolution to find the world ugly and bad has made the world ugly and bad.
~ Nietzsche

Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives.
~ John Stuart Mill

Every anarchist is a baffled dictator.
~ Benito Mussolini

Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.
~ Oscar Wilde

The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.
~ Thomas Jefferson

If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner.
~ General Omar N. Bradley

The rights of women are sacred. See that women are maintained in the rights attributed to them.
~ Muhammed

Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.
~ Mohandas Gandhi

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength; loving someone deeply gives you courage.
~ Lao tzu

The world is too dangerous to live in, not because of the people who do evil, but because of the people who sit and let it happen.
~ Albert Einstein

Beliefs are what divide people. Doubt unites them.
~ Peter Ustinov

The way to find what the mainstream will do tomorrow is to associate with the lunatic fringe today.
~ Jean-Louis Gassee

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
~ Joseph Campbell

Oh, how bitter a thing is to look through another man's eye.
~ William Shakespeare

The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself.
~ Sir Richard Francis Burton

We are ensnared by the wisdom of the serpent; we are set free by the foolishness of God.
~ Saint Augustine

We live in our desires rather than in our achievements.
~ George Moore

Wherever there is great property, there is great inequality, for one very rich man; there must be at least five hundred poor.
~ Adam Smith

When a government lasts a long while, it deteriorates by insensible degrees. Republics end through luxury, monarchies through poverty.
~ Montesquieu

The cardinal doctrine of a fanatic's creed is that his enemies are the enemies of God.
~ Andrew Dickson White

Know all and you will pardon all.
~ Thomas à Kempis

I am sufficiently proud of my knowing something to be modest about my not knowing everything.
~ Vladimir Nabokov

They that die by famine die by inches.
~ Matthew Henry

If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace.
~ John Lennon

The biggest conspiracy of all is the claim that there are no conspiracies!
~ Michael Rivero

The death of dogma is the birth of morality.
~ Immanuel Kant

When the president does it that means it is not illegal.
~ Richard Nixon

Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. That's relativity.
~ Albert Einstein

Whoever imagines himself a favorite with God holds others in contempt.
~ Robert G. Ingersoll

If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.
~ Rene Descartes

War is hell and all that, but it has a good deal to recommend it. It wipes out all the small nuisances of peacetime.
~ Ian Hay

Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.
~ Bertrand Russell

The priests of the different religious sects…dread the advance of science as witches do the approach of daylight, and scowl on the fatal harbinger announcing the subdivision of the duperies on which they live.
~ Thomas Jefferson

All propaganda must be so popular and on such an intellectual level, that even the most stupid of those toward whom it is directed will understand it ... Through clever and constant application of propaganda, people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way around, to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise.
~ Adolf Hitler

If there was a god, he wouldn't let a guy walk right up and shoot you in the face now would he? That's right, now you get the picture. Truth burns doesn't it?
~ Henry Rollins

No man's knowledge here can go beyond his experience.
~ John A. Locke

This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.
~ Abraham Lincoln

Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!
~ Dr. Strangelove

What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?
~ Henry David Thoreau

Modern morality and manners suppress all natural instincts, keep people ignorant of the facts of nature and make them fighting drunk on bogey tales.
~ Aleister Crowley hollow as the o in god...
~ Marilyn Manson

War: first, one hopes to win; then one expects the enemy to lose; then, one is satisfied that he too is suffering; in the end, one is surprised that everyone has lost.
~ Karl Kraus

The right things to do are those that keep our violence in abeyance; the wrong things are those that bring it to the fore.
~ Robert J. Sawyer

I consider Christian theology to be one of the greatest disasters of the human race.
~ Alfred North Whitehead

Truth is living, it is not static, and the mind that would discover truth must also be living, not burdened with knowledge or experience.
~ J. Krishnamurthi

In general the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to the other.
~ Voltaire

Before we blame, we should first see if we can excuse.
~ G. C. Lichtenberg

It would now be technically possible to unify the world, abolish war and poverty altogether, if men desired their own happiness more than the misery of their enemies.
~ Bertrand Russell

Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.
~ Henry David Thoreau

I refuse to be labeled immoral merely because I am godless.
~ Peter Walker

Ignorance is always afraid of change.
~ Jawaharlal Nehru

Don't speak unless you can improve on the silence.
~ Spanish proverb

A nation is a society united by a delusion about its ancestry and by common hatred of its neighbors.
~ William R. Inge

You must ask your neighbor if you shall live in peace.
~ John Clark

It is true that liberty, so precious, must be rationed.
~ Nikolai Lenin

If we do not like the world the way it is, then it is because we are not okay the way we are.
~ deeshan

The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.
~ James Branch Cabell

Peace is only possible if men cease to place their happiness in the possession of things which cannot be shared.
~ Julien Benda

It may be necessary temporarily to accept a lesser evil, but one must never label a necessary evil as good.
~ Margaret Mead

Yes, my friends, I too am prepared to die for a cause, but there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill.
~Mohandas Gandhi

Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.
~Vernon Saunders Law

It is your business, when the wall next door catches fire.
~ Horace

Everybody sooner or later, sits down to a banquet of consequences.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson

Translate ‘Allah’.
~ Bumper Sticker

When you meet a worthy person, focus on reaching his level. When you meet an unworthy person, take a good look inside yourself.
~ Confucius

Would you like to liberate yourself from the lower realms of life? Would you like to save the world from the degradation and destruction it seems destined for? Then step away from shallow mass movements and quietly go to work on your own self-awareness.
~ Lao tzu

Heresy is a cradle; orthodoxy a coffin.
~ Robert G. Ingersoll

It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.
~ Mark Twain

If one were to take the bible seriously one would go mad. But to take the bible seriously, one must be already mad.
~ Aleister Crowley

All my humor is based upon destruction and despair. If the whole world were tranquil, without disease and violence, I'd be standing on the breadline right in back of J. Edgar Hoover.
~ Lenny Bruce

The United States is not nearly so concerned that its acts be kept secret from its intended victims as it is that the American people not know of them.
~ Ramsey Clark

Science is always discovering odd scraps of magical wisdom and making a tremendous fuss about its cleverness.
~ Aleister Crowley

They said I was the greatest pitcher they ever saw; I couldn’t understand why they couldn’t give me no justice.
~ Satchel Paige

A conservative government is an organized hypocrisy.
~ Benjamin Disraeli

Philosophers have merely interpreted the world. The point is to change it.
~ Karl Marx

In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
~ George Orwell

Think my friends! You adulate a stone as Vishnu but you cannot see God in a fellow man.
~ Sankaracharya

The total absence of humor in the Bible is one of the most singular things in all literature.
~ Alfred North Whitehead

All I know is that I am not a Marxist.
~ Karl Marx

Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet.
~ Napoleon

Living is change; Growth is optional.
~ Juan Wa Chang

Everything of importance has been said before by somebody who did not discover it.
~ Alfred North Whitehead

The good Christian should beware of mathematicians and all those who make empty prophecies. The danger already exists that mathematicians have made a covenant with the devil to darken the spirit and confine man in the bonds of Hell.
~Saint Augustine

I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.
~ Mohandas Gandhi

Truth is for the minority.
~ Baltasar Gracián

The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring.
~ F. H. Bradley

To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.
~ Aldous Huxley

Pray: To ask the laws of the universe to be annulled on behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy.
~ Ambrose Bierce

The color of the skin makes no difference. What is good and just for one is good and just for the other. And the Great Spirit made all men brothers.
~ White Shield, Arikara

The reasonable man adjusts himself to the world, the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself; therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
~ George Bernard Shaw

Never was anything great achieved without danger.
~ Niccolo Machiavelli

Those who see and feel beyond illusion have acquired a far greater gift than could ever be derived from studying scripture and philosophy books, for these were meant only to guide the blind.
~ Shawn Mikula

Theology is never any help; it is searching in a dark cellar at midnight for a black cat that isn't there. Theologians can persuade themselves of anything.
~ Robert Heinlein

While the word is yet unspoken, you are master of it; when once it is spoken, it is master of you.
~ Arab proverb

This monkey mythology of Darwin is the cause of permissiveness, promiscuity, prophylactics, perversions, pregnancies, abortions, porno-therapy, pollution, poisoning and proliferation of crimes of all types.
~ Judge Braswell Dean

We've got to pause and ask ourselves, how much clean air do we need?
~ Lee Iacocca

I do not believe that any type of religion should ever be introduced into the public schools of the United States.
~ Thomas Edison

The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out, the conservative adopts them.
~ Mark Twain

Monarchy degenerates into tyranny, aristocracy into oligarchy, and democracy into savage violence and chaos.
~ Polybius

It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.
~ Albert Einstein

The difference between our decadence and the Russians' is that while theirs is brutal, ours is apathetic.
~ James Thurber

I do not read advertisements. I would spend all of my time wanting things.
~ Franz Kafka

Don't join the book burners.
~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

To date, despite the efforts of millions of true believers to support this myth, there is no more evidence for the Judeo-Christian god than any of the gods on Mount Olympus.
~ Joseph Daleiden

You find as you look around the world that every single bit of progress in humane feeling, every improvement in the criminal law, every step toward the diminution of war, every step toward better treatment of the colored races, or every mitigation of slavery, every moral progress that there has been in the world, has been consistently opposed by the organized churches of the world. I say quite deliberately that the Christian religion, as organized in its churches, has been and still is the principal enemy of moral progress in the world.
~ Bertrand Russell

Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

We could have saved the Earth but we were too damned cheap.
~ Kurt Vonnegut

Either God wants to abolish evil, and cannot; or he can, but does not want to. If he wants to, but cannot, he is impotent. If he can, but does not want to, he is wicked. If, as they say, God can abolish evil, and God really wants to do it, why is there evil in the world?
~ Epicurus

In all affairs, it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.
~ Bertrand Russell

Religion is not merely the opium of the masses; it's the cyanide.
~ Tom Robbins

Nothing overshadows truth so much as authority.
~ Leon Battista Alberti

In Christianity, neither morality nor religion comes into contact with reality at any point.
~ Nietzsche

A language is a dialect with an army and a navy.
~ Max Weinreich

It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.
~ Voltaire

Beware of the man whose god is in the skies.
~ George Bernard Shaw

The biggest detractors of communism and socialism always seem to want to embrace the worst excesses of both.
~ Skullhunter

Turn over the pages of history and read the damning record of the church's opposition to every advance in every field of science.
~ Upton Sinclair

Don't try to teach a pig to sing, it can't be done and it only ticks off the pig.
~ Robert Heinlein

The more laws and order are made prominent, the more thieves and robbers there will be.
~ Lao Tsu

People with virtue must speak out; People who speak are not all virtuous.
~ Confucius

One death is a tragedy. A million deaths is a statistic.
~ Josef Stalin

When liberty is taken away by force it can be restored by force. When it is relinquished voluntarily by default, it can never be recovered.
~ Dorothy Thompson

We can often do more for other men by trying to correct our own faults than by trying to correct theirs.
~ François Fénelon

News is what someone wants to suppress. Everything else is advertising.
~ Ex-NBC news president Rubin Frank

When women are depressed they either eat or go shopping. Men invade another country.
~ Elayne Boosler

The establishment of Christianity arrested the normal development of the physical sciences for over fifteen hundred years.
~ Andrew Dickson White

It is right noble to fight with wickedness and wrong; the mistake is in supposing that spiritual evil can be overcome by physical means.
~ Lydia Maria Child

All warfare is based on deception.
~ Sun tzu

Nothing brings people together more, than mutual hatred.
~ Henry Rollins

The best way to make children good is to make them happy.
~ Oscar Wilde

The minority, the ruling class at present, has the schools and press, usually the Church as well under its thumb. This enables it to organize and sway the emotions of the masses, and make its tool of them.
~ Albert Einstein

All civilization has from time to time become a thin crust over a volcano of revolution.
~ Havelock Ellis

Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country.
~ Marion Barry, former mayor Washington D.C.

When I told the people of Northern Ireland that I was an atheist, a woman in the audience stood up and said, ‘Yes, but is it the God of the Catholics or the God of the Protestants in whom you don't believe?’
~ Quentin Crisp

Whatever the natural cause, sin is the true cause of all earthquakes.
~ John Wesley

Anyone who has two shirts when someone has none is not a Christian.
~ Lenny Bruce

Generosity is not giving me that which I need more than you do, but it is giving me that which you need more than I do.
~ Kahlil Gibran

You exist only in what you do.
~ Federico Fellini

All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
~ Arthur Schopenhauer

Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.
~ Theodore Isaac Rubin

You can't say civilizations don't advance, because they kill you in a new way in each war.
~ Will Rogers

In order to be an immaculate member of a flock of sheep, one must above all be a sheep oneself.
~ Albert Einstein

The church tries to save sinners, but science seeks to stop their manufacture.
~ Elbert Hubbard

I can't embrace a male god who has persecuted female sexuality throughout the ages; and that persecution still goes on today, all over the world.
~ Amanda Donohoe

Pontius Pilate was the first great censor, and Jesus Christ the first great victim of censorship.
~ Ben Lindsay

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.
~ Buddha

It is lamentable, that to be a good patriot one must become the enemy of the rest of mankind.
~ Voltaire

Contraction of theological influence has at once been the best measure, and the essential condition of intellectual advance.
~ William H. Lecky

Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.
~ Arthur Schopenhauer

Oh Mortal Man, is there nothing you cannot be made to believe?
~ Adam Weishaupt, Co-founder New World Order

People only see what they are prepared to see.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Lying is done with words and also with silence.
~ Adrienne Rich

If a man would follow, today, the teachings of the Old Testament, he would be a criminal. If he would follow strictly the teachings of the New, he would be insane.
~ Robert G. Ingersoll

The man who accumulates, whether money or knowledge, can never be free.
~ J. Krishnamurthi

There is a tragic clash between truth and the world. Pure undistorted truth burns up the world.
~ Nikolay Berdyayev

Just drive down that road, until you get blown up.
~ General George Patton, reconnaissance troops

I never advocated war except as a means of peace.
~ Ulysses S. Grant

Spiritual maturity is a lifelong process of replacing lies with truth.
~ Kurt D. Bruner

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.
~ Albert Einstein

I was under medication when I made the decision to burn the tapes.
~ Richard Nixon

That's not a lie, it's a terminological inexactitude.
~ Alexander Haig

Freedom is not something that anybody can be given, freedom is something people take.
~ James Baldwin

The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.
~ Oscar Wilde

Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them.
~ Albert Einstein

Acceptance without proof is the fundamental characteristic of Western religion, rejection without proof is the fundamental characteristic of Western science.
~ Gary Zukav

How can you make a revolution without executions?
~ Lenin on hearing that the death penalty had been abolished by the Soviet

True and false are attributes of speech, not of things. And where speech is not, there is neither truth nor falsehood.
~ Thomas Hobbes

Do you love your Creator? Love your fellow beings first.
~ Muhammed

Laws are silent in time of war.
~ Cicero

Man was born free, and everywhere he is in chains.
~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Never go to sleep when your meat is on the fire.
~ Pueblo

A treatise upon human nature: It is not contrary to reason to prefer the destruction of the whole world to the scratching of my finger.
~ David Hume

You can't step twice into the same river.
~ Heraclitus

You should never wear your best trousers when you go out to fight for freedom and liberty.
~ Henrik Ibsen

Necessity never made a good bargain.
~ Ben Franklin

You shall find out how salt is the taste of another man's bread, and how hard is the way up and down another man's stairs.
~ Dante Alighieri

This is very true; for my words are my own, and my actions are my ministers.
~ Charles II of England

Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed.
~ Mao Zedong

Listen or your tongue will keep you deaf.
~ Native American saying

One-tenth of the folks run the world. One-tenth watch them run it, and the other eighty percent don't know what the hell's going on.
~ Jake Simmons

An empty stomach is not a good political advisor.
~ Albert Einstein

Why do we kill people who are killing people to show that killing people is wrong?
~ Holly Near

If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him.
~ Cardinal Richelieu

Only a fool tests the depth of the water with both feet.
~ African proverb

In law a man is guilty when he violates the rights of another. In ethics he is guilty if he only thinks of doing so.
~ Immanuel Kant

There is no sport in hate when all the rage is on one side.
~ Percy B. Shelley

Except as its clown and jester, society does not encourage individuality, and the State abhors it.
~ Bernard Berenson

I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.
~ Susan B. Anthony

Art is dangerous. It is one of the attractions: when it ceases to be dangerous, you don't want it.
~ Duke Ellington

Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of congress; but I repeat myself.
~ Mark Twain

Know thy enemy and know thy self and you will win a hundred battles.
~ Sun tzu

Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play it is free will.
~ Jawaharlal Nehru

Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute.
~ Josh Billings

I have often regretted my speech, never my silence.
~ Xenocrates

He who will not reason is a bigot; he who cannot is a fool; and he who dares not is a slave.
~ William Drummond

The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it.
~ George Orwell

Truth always lags behind, limping along on the arm of Time.
~ Baltasar Gracián

Nothing unites the English like war. Nothing divides them like Picasso.
~ Hugh Mills

It is better to be generous than just. It is sometimes better to sympathize instead of trying to understand.
~ Pierre Lecomte du Noüy

The more you own, the more it owns you.
~ Henry Rollins

Money often costs too much.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

And the little screaming fact that sounds through all history: repression works only to strengthen and knit the repressed.
~ John Steinbeck

We are condemned to kill time: thus we die bit by bit.
~ Octavio Paz

Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought.
~ Basho

By trying we can easily learn to endure adversity; another man's, I mean.
~ Mark Twain

Give to every other human being every right you claim for yourself.
~ Robert G. Ingersoll

Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.
~ H. Jackson Brown

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
~ Samuel Clemens

I would have made a good pope.
~ Richard Nixon

In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.
~ Napoleon

The purpose of law is to prevent the strong from always having their way.
~ Ovid

Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.
~ Hector Berlioz

A man who is afraid will do anything.
~ Jawaharlal Nehru

Each of us is confined to a world of our own making.
~ Shawn Mikula

Democracy used to be a good thing, but now it has gotten into the wrong hands.
~ Jesse Helms

If a person is to get to the meaning of life, he must learn to like the facts about himself, ugly as they may seem to his sentimental vanity, before he can learn the truth behind the facts. And the truth is never ugly.
~ Eugene O'Neill

No one has ever had an idea in a dress suit.
~ Sir Frederick G. Banting

Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind.
~ General William Westmoreland

Strange is our situation here upon Earth.
~ Albert Einstein

Until the infallibility of human judgment shall have been proved to me, I shall persist in demanding the abolition of the death penalty.
~ Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette

If you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there.
~ Ancient Chinese Proverb

Opportunities multiply as they are seized.
~ Sun tzu

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.
~ Confucius

As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.
~ Albert Einstein

It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves; it is not possible to find it elsewhere.
~ Agnes Repplier

The liar's punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.
~ George Bernard Shaw

You can't have everything. Where would you put it?
~ Steven Wright

A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer.
~ Robert Frost

Our job is to give people not what they want, but what we decide they ought to have.
~ Richard Salent, Former President CBS News

You can pretend to be serious; you can't pretend to be witty.
~ Sacha Guitry

In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.
~ Anne Frank, holocaust victim

Why is propaganda so much more successful when it stirs up hatred than when it tries to stir up friendly feeling?
~ Bertrand Russell

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
~ Lao tzu

The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a bit longer.
~ Henry Kissinger

The victor will never be asked if he told the truth.
~ Adolf Hitler

What sane person could live in this world and not be crazy?
~ Ursula K. LeGuin

Never express yourself more clearly than you think.
~ Niels Bohr

When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you.
~ Lao tzu

Most people drive thru life with the parking brake on.
~ Lance Bradley

Can you sympathize with an exploding star?
~ Shawn Mikula

The revolution is a dictatorship of the exploited against the exploiters.
~ Fidel Castro

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
~ Leonardo da Vinci

All religions are founded on the fear of the many and the cleverness of the few.
~ Stendhal

To use the term blind faith, is to use an adjective needlessly.
~ Julian Ruck

Today it is fashionable to talk about the poor. Unfortunately, it is not fashionable to talk with them.
~ Mother Teresa

Life's under no obligation to give us what we expect.
~ Margaret Mitchell

The history of war is the history of powerful individuals willing to sacrifice thousands upon thousands of other people's lives for personal gains.
~ Michael Rivero

The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion, the religion which based on experience, which refuses dogma.
~ Albert Einstein

Do not mind anything that anyone tells you about anyone else. Judge everyone and everything for yourself.
~ Henry James

When a thing has been said and said well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it.
~ Anatole France

Even if truth destroys the whole universe, still it is truth; stand by it.
~ Swami Vivekananda

The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.
~ John Locke

Christians are supposed not merely to endure change, nor even to profit by it, but to cause it.
~ Harry Emerson Fosdick

Every man is guilty of all the good he didn't do.
~ Voltaire

Time wounds all heels.
~ Jane Ace

Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes.
~ Henry David Thoreau

When a man says he approves of something in principle, it means he hasn’t the slightest intention of carrying it out in practice.
~ Otto von Bismarck

A man's character is his fate.
~ Heraclitus

Quarrels would not last long if only one side was wrong.
~ Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

I am not a communist and neither is the revolutionary movement.
~ Fidel Castro

When a nation's young men are conservative, its funeral bell is already rung.
~ Henry Ward Beecher

Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition.
~ Adam Smith

Happiness is an imaginary condition, formerly attributed by the living to the dead, now usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults.
~ Thomas Szasz

Never explain, your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.
~ Elbert Hubbard

The pious pretense that evil does not exist only makes it vague, enormous and menacing.
~ Aleister Crowley

Once all struggle is grasped, miracles are possible.
~ Mao Zedong

If a scholar aspires to the Way but is ashamed of bad clothes and bad food, he isn't ready to join the discussion yet.
~ Confucius long as the media are in corporate hands, the task of social change will be vastly more difficult, if not impossible, across the board.
~ Robert W. McChesney

It is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence.
~ William Kingdon Clifford

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
~ Napoleon

When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat.
~ Nelson Mandela

Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.
~ Albert Einstein

If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution.
~ Emma Goldman

It is not what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.
~ Molière

It is difficult to produce a television documentary that is both incisive and probing when every twelve minutes one is interrupted by twelve dancing rabbits singing about toilet paper.
~ Rod Serling

You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.
~ John Morley

Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.
~ Henry van Dyke

The hardest years in life are those between ten and seventy.
~ Helen Hayes, age 83

What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Everything has been figured out, except how to live.
~ Jean Paul Sartre

The vast majority of mankind is trapped within perceptual prisons.
~ Shawn Mikula

What difference does it make how much you have? What you do not have amounts to much more.
~ Seneca the Elder

America ... just a nation of two hundred million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable.
~ Hunter S. Thompson

The government of the United States does not, in its policies, express the decency of its people.
~ Jerry Fresia

Grasshopper, look beyond the game, as you look beneath the surface of the pool to see its depths.
~ Master Po

Write injuries in sand, kindnesses in marble.
~ French proverb

Kindness is a mark of faith, and whoever has not kindness has not faith.
~ Muhammed

It is not impossible to govern Italians. It is merely useless.
~ Benito Mussolini

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
~ Albert Einstein

Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind it only the slime of bureaucracy.
~ Franz Kafka

Always remember you are a totally unique individual; just like everyone else.
~ Unknown

Mythology is what we call someone else's religion.
~ Joseph Campbell

Christian is a VERB not a noun.
~ Meria Heller

Someday man will imprison the power of the sun, release atomic power, and harness the rise and fall of the tides. I am proud of the fact that I never invented weapons to kill.
~ Thomas Edison

If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.
~ Noam Chomsky

The only thing we never get enough of is love; and the only thing we never give enough of is love.
~ Henry Miller

The god of the cannibals will be a cannibal, of the crusaders, a crusader, and of the merchants a merchant.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

The degree of one's emotion varies inversely with one's knowledge of the facts. The less you know, the hotter you get.
~ Bertrand Russell

Cancel the kitchen scraps for lepers and orphans! No more merciful beheadings! And call off Christmas!
~ The Sheriff of Nottingham

Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is opinion.
~ Democritus

The keenest sorrow is to recognize ourselves as the sole cause of all our adversities.
~ Sophocles

Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
~ Plato

Part One



Anonymous said...

You forgot one...

"To assert that the earth revolves around the sun is as erroneous as to claim that Jesus was not born of a virgin." -- Cardinal Bellarmino 1615, during the trial of Galileo.

dreamslaughter said...

@ jmjg


That quote is in "Burn This Book".

Anonymous said...

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